questionshave any mac users upgraded to osx mavericks…

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I believe it's free because Apple doesn't really make much money off each OS version anyway. The upgrades are usually under $30 unlike Microsoft that sells theirs for $119.99 for their cheapest version of Windows 8.1 (must upgrade from previous OS to get that price).

It's also Apple's benefit to have everyone switch to the same OS so they can stop support on the previous versions.

I did upgrade one computer and I'm currently testing it. Tried to upgrade an old iMac but discovered you must have at least a core 2 duo and that iMac only has a core duo. I'm scared to do my main computer without doing a complete test on all the minor systems. I work from home and could lose a lot of productivity if specific programs stop working like VMWare Fusion or Thunderbird.

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I'm still on Mountain Lion and the only reason I haven't upgraded is because I've moved to a Hackintosh vs. a real Mac. Updating at all is a pain.

Snow Leopard was fast - especially compared to Leopard on Intel, but Lion and later are noticeably faster.

I'm really happy with Mountain Lion, but unfortunately in the Apple world not moving on means apps stop being compatible with an OS X release after a few years (due to updates taking advantage of new OS features). It's a good release, though, so I'll get to it eventually.

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@cengland0: What I usually do is make a disk image of the entire main drive before upgrading. That way, if anything goes wrong I can just image the working system back to the drive. It helps that my main drive is a tiny 128GB SSD with larger data folders symlinked to other drives.

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@omnichad: Good idea about the images and I do that on my PC's but do not on the Mac. What software do you use to create those images on a mac?

VMWare Fusion is nice because entire PC's are already images and I frequently back those up. Time Machine, by default, will not backup those images so I do those manually. I also use the snapshot feature when installing software that I don't know for sure will be stable.

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@cengland0: I just use Disk Utility while booted from the OS X installation partition. You can either back it up as a .dmg or clone it as a partition to a spare drive (for instant recovery).

I also find the .dmg for the OS X installation from the app store and back that up separately. If you've already run it, there is a trick to re-download it. That way, I can always go back and do a clean install of the latest even if the drive fails.

I used to work from home as well - and on a hackintosh, where there's plenty that can go wrong. I would start on Friday night and if I can't get done by Monday morning, I'd swap the other drive in to use for a few days. Since my data was on another partition, I could work all week from the spare drive and then swap in the main drive again any time I want to keep working on getting it all going. When I get everything how I like it, I do one last backup of Chrome and Mail and migrate those back to the upgraded system.

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@omnichad: i only used time machine, and I do have an old back up using "backup" of my computer on snow leopard. Both were done on separate external drives.
To say I am not computer savvy is an understatement.
Is there any way / any hope for someone like me to do an appropriate back up ?
What you wrote may as well been in greek to me.
help.

thank you .

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@ceagee: Time Machine is sufficient to get you up and running again after a problem without losing any data. I was just sharing with cengland0 something that I use to handle failure more quickly - since he's working from home.

In fact, that backup could easily move you to a new computer just as well.

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I upgraded and so far I like it. I haven't seen any huge differences compared to mt. lion, but a few things that were acting buggy before seem to be fixed.

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@omnichad: Thanks for the info. Is there any use at all for the old "Back up" program ? It keeps prompting me and I click it away. I know I can go in and change settings or maybe just get rid of the thing ?

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@ceagee: It might also be good to note that anytime you buy a new HDD (especially if it's an SSD) it likely comes with its own software to copy your drive. That software is made to be easy to use and requires no real pre-techy-computer knowledge.

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@ceagee: Guess I'm not familiar with that one. Is it possible that came with one of your drives?

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@omnichad: It came w/ my Mac.{3yo} Not sure it it was part of iLife or it's own thing. Was awhile ago. Apparently it works w/ Mavericks cause I didn't get a notice that it didn't mesh.

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@nmchapma: I just plugged it in and it triggered Time Machine to open and did it's thing. All I did was hook it to the usb port.
It's a G drive brand. I may of even bought it from Apple or maybe Macmall.

@nmchapma , @ omnichad : Thanks for the input. I just want to make sure I'm covered.
Now to hook up my "new" airport extreme. I bought it w/ the mac , have an express hooked up and couldn't get the computer to override the express. {I want to put the express in another room and hook that to my blu-ray to stream}
Any thoughts on that one ?

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@cengland0: I would counter that comment with a bit more information for an accurate assessment of the MS upgrade for 8.1. If you purchased Windows 8. the upgrade to 8.1 was/is free. The upgrade (although it was for a limited time) to windows 8 could be had for as little as $15 and for most people at I believe it was 40-50. For a company where profits are primarily driven by OS/software sales, this was a serious deal.

People always compare MS and Apple when it comes to sales models but they are fundamentally different. MS is a software company that sells hardware directly in small amounts . Apple is a hardware company that makes software primarily to support the hardware they sell. The easiest way to understand the difference is that MS doesn't care really if you run Windows on Apple hardware but Apple will poop bricks if anyone tries to allow non-apple hardware to run Apple software. Apple sells the update to recover dev./manufacturing costs pretty much.

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@raylayton: For more clarification, Microsoft charges huge amounts for upgrades from 95 to 98 to XP to Vista to Windows 7 to Windows 8. Your example of Windows 8.1 is a minor update and can be thought of as a service pack.

There are huge differences in Apple's OS versions: Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks. They are not just service packs.

Regarding running Windows on a Mac, of course MS doesn't care because you still have to buy the software. You are allowed to add whatever 3rd party hardware you want to an Apple computer without paying extra money to Apple.

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OS Mavericks is my last latest OS for my Mid-2009 Macbook, sadly.

Also, I'm starting to really hate this update because it uses up more of my CPU than it has before.

For example, I was able to watch Netflix without problems on my second screen while I browse the web on the other screen, now Netflix "jitters" while I'm watching with only one tab up on the other screen. I'm actually hoping it's a "Microsoft Silverlight" issue since I've heard Windows 8.1 is having similar issues as well.

Plus I have certain applications that I need for emergency (ie: tether.com) keeps crashing every time I launch it rendering it useless.

So I have mixed feeling about the new OS.